Whenever people find out that exercise exclusively to exercise videos at work, they always ask if the videos work? Like I said before, it depends on your fitness personality and whether you actually believe that exercise is an important in your life.
Do you like being around people?
For people who know me, they are often surprise that I consider myself an introvert. I like being around friends and I have no problems talking to strangers, but I often need a few hours of being alone to feel calm. Exercising along at home by myself fits my personality. It gives me the alone time I need.
But for my sister, she likes competitive group sports. Her exercise time includes practicing with friends and playing at tournaments. She can never workout to an exercise video because it is “too boring.”
I think most people are a mix between exercising with people and exercising alone. That is ok too. You can still use exercise videos on those days when you cannot exercise with others.
Do you believe exercise is important in your life?
I believe exercise is vital to my well being. Without exercise my torn hip labrum and back will ache more often that it does now. Without exercise I will be hunched over from my aches and pains. You will be surprise how similar a young person with a bad back look like an old person. I’ve been there. I don’t want to go down that memory lane again, especially when I can control the situation by exercising.
If you believe exercise is important, you will find a way to fit it in. Exercise videos offer the flexibility to fit in exercise at any time for any length of time at your own home. Can you say that for a gym membership?
But does exercise videos work?
It depends. Are you going to be like my husband who lies on the sofa making wisecrack remarks while I am doing “girlie” pushups? Or are you going to actually do the exercise, get sweaty, and slightly breathless? Exercise videos only work (as in losing weight or getting stronger) if you actually use it consistently over time and adding variation to your routine.
It is just like exercising at the gym. You have to put in the effort if you want to see results. There are plenty of women (and men) who have loss a substantial amount of weight from using exercise videos. You can always check the video fitness forums for inspiration (sadly, I’ve only been a major lurker at the forum for the last few years rather than a contributor to the discussions.).
Until next time and thanks for stopping by Small Steps to Health.
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